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Overcoming shoulder impingement

A sharp, sudden pain in your shoulder when you lift your arm overhead or backward can indicate shoulder impingement. Shoulder impingement is a common cause of shoulder pain, and commonly associated with swimmers and baseball players, but previous shoulder injuries and aging are also risk factors. In most cases, shoulder impingement is caused by overuse.…

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PT tip of the day: Proper lift technique for those holiday packages

Prepare for the lift by drawing your navel to your spine to set your core. Stand with legs apart to increase your base of support, bend from the knees, keep back straight, keep the load close to your body, lift from the legs. Don’t twist from the spine, instead turn feet with the load. Don’t…

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Shoulder Stabilization is Essential to Neck Posture

Shoulder blade stabilization is essential for neck posture and spine health during exercise and in everyday life. Do you ever feel tight in your upper shoulders? Do you have back pain during exercise? Continue reading. Shoulder rounding tends to follow incorrect neck posture. Conversely, stabilizing the scapulae by “straightening” the shoulders make correcting one’s neck…

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Pilates and Total Knee Replacement

Doing Pilates following total knee replacement has a number of benefits. These include improved function, strength and balance. Within a physical therapy framework, total knee patients get care tailored to their needs throughout the post-surgery phase. Medical professionals agree that moving ASAP after injury improves prognosis. This “early mobilization” principle applies to TKR patients as…

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What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

 Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) is impaired and unstable movement of the pelvis resulting from loosening of ligaments in the small of the back. The sacral spine joins with the pelvis by way of stabilizing ligaments. When these ligaments become loose, gravity, everyday movements, bumps and bruises, and injury can lead to misalignment of the…

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Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy

What Is It? Vestibular therapy consists of the performance of an individualized group of exercises, designed to habituate excessive visual dependence or improve various balance strategies. Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy – VRT is an alternative form of treatment involving specific exercises designed to decrease dizziness, increase balance function, and increase general activity levels.  The exercise program…

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What’s Wrong With Manual Therapy?

We hear complaints from doctors that there’s such focus on exercise in physical therapy practice that manual therapy is often excluded. This is ironic given that Google returns 50,400,000 results from “manual therapy” searches. Plus, the results are positive, and large chains even advertise manual therapy. The reason for this is a mystique of sorts …

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What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is dysfunction of the shoulder joint as a result of shoulder tendons and ligaments tightening. Its progression runs a two- to three-year course: Freezing/painful stage (six to nine months) Frozen (four to six months) Thawing (six months to two years) Should I Suspect Frozen Shoulder? Sufferers of frozen shoulder,…

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Hurts Psoas Bad

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Is This Pelvic Floor Disorder?

Symptoms of pelvic floor disorder can resemble other common conditions. Is your daily routine upside down because of pelvic pain or bowel/bladder incontinence? For those wondering if physical therapy can help, keep in mind that many “pelvic floor disorders” can have symptoms that resemble: Urinary tract infection (UTI) Osteoarthritis Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Piriformis syndrome…

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